University of Kansas | Advisor, WePOWER Track
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan is a Professor of Mathematics, a Courtesy Professor of both EECS and AE, and an ITTC Investigator at the University of Kansas. Her research interests are primarily in stochastic systems and stochastic adaptive control, system identification and estimation, and control education as a field that spans science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Dr. Pasik-Duncan is actively involved with IEEE CSS and currently serves as Deputy Chair of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Control Education. She has been the CSS Vice-President of Member Activities, the IEEE CSS Liaison to IEEE WIE, an Associate Editor and Associate Editor at Large of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Chair of the Standing Committees on Assistance of Engineers at Risk and International Affairs, and Founder and First Chair of the WiC Group. Dr. Pasik-Duncan is also associated with the IFAC as Chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Control Education and currently serves on the IFAC Technical Board and IFAC Awards Committee. She is the Program Director of the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory and was formerly involved with SIAM in several other capacities.
Dr. Pasik-Duncan is an IFAC Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Member of the CSS, and a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. She has received many awards, including the Kemper Award, H.O.P.E Award, L. Hay Award, Steeples Service to Kansas Award and is a member of the KU Women's Hall of Fame. She served on the Friends of the Lied Center Board and currently serves on the SMA Academic Program Advisory Board. She is Founder and Faculty Advisor to the AWM Student Chapter at KU, Founder and Coordinator of the MAM / Outreach Program, and faculty advisor for the NSF GK-12 Program at KU.
Lead for Defense Software Acquisition Policy Research, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI)
Dr. Forrest Shull is the Lead for Defense Software Acquisition Policy Research at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI). He leads the SEI technical response to the Department of Defense (DoD) in support of several important initiatives to improve acquisition by incorporating modern software development practices. This work culminated in the development of the Department’s first software-specific acquisition policy in 2020, which is supporting rapid and iterative delivery of software capabilities to the operational environment to meet the highest priority user needs.
He has been a lead researcher on projects for the DoD, the NASA Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA), the NASA Safety Center, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation, and commercial companies.
He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications.
Shull is the current president of the IEEE Computer Society.
Director, International Medical Relief Department & Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital
Dr. SOSHNO is the director for the international medical relief department at Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital, which is the hub hospital for global disaster response of the Japanese Red Cross Society. He is a member of the Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). After the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake in India, he was deployed to more than 10 global disaster response missions as a team leader and a coordinator.
He has been leading various projects on humanitarian technologies for disaster management. In particular, he is focusing on supporting the self-help efforts of the disaster affected people by using mobile technologies. His five inventions for motivating the people toward their evacuation have been patented in Japan. He invented the evacuation support system using the MaaS technology which was also patented in 2019.
He specializes in creating collaboration between humanitarian organizations, academia and the private sector. He made a great contribution to create and manufacture the mobile flush toilets which were installed in various parts of Japan. Currently, he has been leading the ambulance drone project, which is the combined services of telemedicine and drag delivery by drones, in collaboration with various stakeholders. In addition, he has been managing the hydrogen ambulance project which is the world's first project with Toyota Motor Corp. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Management and Planning from the graduate school of Kumamoto University.
IEEE Life Fellow
CIGRE Honorary Member (2021)
CIGRE Distinguished Member (2016)
John D. McDonald, P.E., is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE’s Grid Solutions business. John has 46 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE (member for 49 years), and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award, the 2015 CIGRE Distinguished Member Award and the 2015 CIGRE USNC Attwood Associate Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and the IEEE Division VII Past Director. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) and is an IEEE Foundation Director-Elect. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and Smart Grid courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published one hundred fifty papers and articles, has co-authored five books and has one US patent.